It is hard to believe that it is already time for High School Football. It seems like yesterday we were on the baseball field. High School Football is the official sign that fall is just about here. Last season saw 3 mountain teams make it to the State Championship game. Johnson Central and Belfry both won their Class’s State Title with Hazard finishing as the Runner-up . This year all three should be battling for yet another trip to the Championship game.If the opening week is any indication, 2017 is going to be a good one. Bell County opened their season with a 42 – 21 win over Middlesboro, while newcomer Floyd Central opened with a 28 – 12 victory over Harlan. In other action, Powell County fell to Garrad 38-0, Clay County fell to Lincoln 42-6, Magoffin fell to East Carter 36-6, KCC slipped by Lynn Camp 24-20, LCC dropped their game to Knox 27-20, Leslie rolled over Pineville 47-22, PCC edged by McCreary Central in 4 OT’s 64-58, Jenkins fell on hard times to Shelby Valley 66-0, Williamsburg rolled over Jellico TN 60-8 and Breathitt lost to Montgomery 47-12.
In the Bluegrass Sports Nation Game of the Week, Paintsville traveled to Irvine to take on Estill County. Estill had a good season in 2016 finishing 9-3. Paintsville is again a favorite in Class 1A. It didn’t take long in the game for Paintsville to flex their muscles as they jumped out to a 21-6 lead at the half. That lead would swell to 36-6 after 3 quarters. Estill would score one more time in the final quarter before falling 41-14.
Paintsville was led on offense by Tanner Smith who carried the ball 7 times for 141 yards and 2 touchdowns. Dalton Daniels also ran the ball well with 6 carries for 76yards and a score. Tiger QB Jake Hayden completed 7 of 10 passes for 132 yards and 2 touchdowns. Receivers James Allen and Kanyon Castle each caught touchdown passes.
The Engineers ran the ball 53 times for 187 yards, led by Trenton Walker with 17 carries for 53 yards and Logan Beckler, who had 14 carries for 40 yards. QB Etan Webb completed 2 passes in 5 attempts for 92 yards and a touchdown. Logan Beckler caught one pass for 76 yards and a touchdown.
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